Jan. 13, 2010
KINGSTON, R.I. - Akeem Richmond scored 18 of his 21 points in the first half as Rhode Island routed Saint Joseph's, 101-74, in Atlantic 10 men's basketball action at the Ryan Center. The Hawks fall to 5-10 (1-2 A-10) while Rhode Island improves to 13-2 (1-1).
Delray James finished with a game-high 22 points for the Rams.
The Rams scored the game's first seven points and were up by double digits, 13-2, by the 16:18 mark. The Hawks cut the deficit to 22-14 on a layup by Carl Jones at 12:39, but that was the closest they would get the rest of the way. Consecutive 3-pointers by the Rams increased the lead to 28-14 and URI doubled up the Hawks, 40-20, on three by Richmond.
A combination of Rhode Island's fullcourt pressure and sloppy halfcourt play by the Hawks contributed to 13 turnovers in the half for SJU. The Rams shot 61 percent from field (22-of-36) and made 9-of-16 3-pointers, led by four threes from Richmond, while taking a 58-34 lead into intermission.
Rhode Island continued the pace in the second half, shooting 45.5 percent on 15-of-33 from the floor as the Rams went on to outscore the Hawks 43-40 in the second frame.
"The tone was set in the first four or five possessions. That's my responsibility. Obviously I didn't have them prepared for the pressure we saw. We seemed to be a step and a half slow getting to areas we wanted to get to," said Hawk coach Phil Martelli.
"The silver lining that we leave with is we all got clobbered. It wasn't 'we had this, we had that'. We got it handed to us all over the floor."
It was the most points given up the by Hawks since a 102-88 loss to Duquesne on February 6, 2008.
The Hawks play their second consecutive on the road when they visit St. Bonaventure on Saturday, January 16. SJU returns home to host Towson on Monday, January 18.